Midcentury modern continues to be a popular home design style based on the high number of searches on the online resource Houzz.
Materials and lines reflective of the swank, “Mad Men”-era midcentury modern style — such as small, slim rectangular kit kat tile (also known as finger mosaic tiles), nubby bouclé rugs and ottomans, and curved sofas — are also common search terms, according to Houzz’s 2022 emerging home design trend report.
Houzz, a home renovation and design site, offers information and photos from more than 2.7 million participating home remodeling and design professionals, including kitchen and bathroom remodelers, kitchen and bathroom designers, architects and general contractors.
People have been busy improving their homes during the pandemic, despite higher costs and supply shortages, and many will continue to make upgrades, according to a recent Houzz & Home Study.
The emerging trend report, released June 21, found that searches for kitchen ideas jumped 500%, while interest in natural finishes found in Japandi (sometimes called Scandinese) bathrooms and easily organizable Japandi kitchens as well as colorful, casual beach-style design ideas more than doubled compared to last year.
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Another look inching up in interest: Barndo homes, with soaring ceilings and open floor plans inspired by barns set in idyllic pastures and encouraging a more simple way of life.
Here are insights from homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home professionals who turned to Houzz for ideas, according to the site’s emerging trend report:
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More people searched Houzz’s site for landscape professionals this year, compared with the first quarter of 2021. Homeowners also showed interest in environmentally conscious options like drought-tolerant landscaping and, for staycation relaxation, a deck hot tub.
With more than half of home renovations incorporating outdoor upgrades, according to the 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Study, it’s no surprise that people continue to look for ways to enjoy their homes’ exterior space.
Improving first impressions from the street view can start with upgrading a front door. Houzz tastemakers are looking at classic wrought-iron front doors and handles.
The report also shows that green and red front doors are trending, while those in black, blue and yellow are fading in popularity.
People who welcomed grown children and grandparents back to the family home during the pandemic saw the need for multi-generational living solutions. This resulted in more searches for self-contained accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as small, single-wall kitchen ideas and windowless bathrooms.
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Aging-in-place features such as bidets continue to generate interest.
Chandeliers — in classic, contemporary, modern, midcentury modern, farmhouse, transitional, industrial, Scandinavian, Craftsman, Victorian, Mediterranean, French county, rustic, coastal, southwestern, tropical and eclectic styles — are illuminating design statements.
There has been an increase in Houzz searches for lantern chandeliers to industrial pendant lights, and even wicker pendants. Designers advise that installing a new light fixture can update the look of a room.
Searches for kitchen ceiling lights, flush-mounted lighting and task lighting have all doubled, said Houzz.
Floor space is limited and valuable, so people are making the most of every inch by using space savers such as a stacking washer and dryer, and additional storage such as hallway cabinets and storage benches.
Another tip from Houzz: See-through elements such as an acrylic counter stool and open tread staircase can make a room look bigger.
People who adopted a pandemic pup are looking for dog feeding stations and fur-friendly products like seat covers, rugs and patio furniture, said Houzz.
Working at home drove searches for outfitting a cloffice, a closet converted into a workstation, and a computer armoire.
Data reflects year over year growth in U.S.-based searches on Houzz from January-March 2022 versus January-March 2021. Read the complete report here.
— Edited by Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072